Manuscripts and Special Collections

Who might find them useful?

In keeping with their widely differing formats, maps and plans will be relevant to a wide variety of users in their research. The most obvious amongst these are, of course, geographers, cartographers, topographers and place name researchers. Others, however, will also discover a wealth of relevant information, such as:

  • Genealogists and family historians, who may find the names of their ancestors on maps, sometimes accompanied by details of the property they held or the rent they paid.
  • Buildings historians may discover all sorts of information about the original purpose for which a building was constructed, and about how and when it has been changed. Like family history, house history is an increasingly popular pastime.
  • Local historians, who may discover all sorts of snippets of information about life and events in the history of their local area.
  • Social historians, who may be able to use the information in maps and plans to build up a fuller picture of day-to-day life in the past - whether in terms of changing housing, industrial and agricultural developments, population growth and other demographic changes, and so on.
  • Military and naval historians, who may discover a rich vein of information about particular battles and campaigns, the development of certain fortifications or the introduction of new strategies and equipment.

In addition, there may be resources relevant to:

  • Agricultural historians
  • Architectural historians
  • Industrial historians
  • Transport historians
  • Landscape and garden historians
  • Political historians


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Manuscripts and Special Collections

Kings Meadow Campus
Lenton Lane
Nottingham, NG7 2NR

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 4565
fax: +44 (0) 115 846 8651